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Alpine Ale - Alpine Beer Company

Alpine AleAlpine Ale

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232 Ratings
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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.74%


Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
An Extra Pale Ale with a balanced malt and hop flavor. Moderate additions of Pacific Northwest Cascade and Centennial hops for a tangy, citrus flavor to complement the mild Carmel malt taste
Draft & 22 oz bottles.

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jdense

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle hand carried by Carlsbad Homeboy to August golf tourney, poured into shaker pint glass 9.24.11

Hard pour resulted in two fingers white head, fairly slow dissipation with good lacing over deep gold clear body, multiple streams of carbonation. Nose is pretty biscuity, floral hops, a bit of citrus. Taste mirrors nose, decent hop bitterness on back end, but doesn't overwhelm the well balanced malt bill, biscuit, a wee bit of caramel. Mouthfeel just on light side of medium, good effervescence, fairly dry finish. Nothing earth shattering, but a nice balanced and tasty APA, though a bit light on the hops for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 02:24:48 | More by jdense
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of westcoastbeerlvr, thanks Craig! 22oz bottle.

It pours a clear golden color with a thick and rocky foam. The beer smells more like a Helles lager than a hoppy ale, maybe it's a little older than some of the bottles previous reviewers tried. Malty sweet and biscuity. Same with the taste, this is a malty and bready beer with a slightly bitter aftertaste, very much like a German standard. Luckily I like those German standards. Delicous, this bottle is disappearing fast.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 01:44:01 | More by TurdFurgison
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DoubleJ

California

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All this typing has made my thirsty. And with the additional typing that I will do for this review, I am sure that it will make the beer even more refreshing. 22 ounce bottle bought at Holday Wine Cellar, on to the beer:

A pale, washed out orange in color that is translucent and bubbly in the bosy. The head is rich (an inch thick) and letting the lace fly. Nose is subtle. It has the good and a little that could be dropped from the arsenal; honey biscuit malt, notes of orange, also a veggie note that hits a wrong chord.

While the overall flavor is relatively light, the beer is refreshing and easy to drink. First comes a gentle wave of clean pine. Out from the base comes that honey biscuit malt to sweeten the bill. With the success Alpine has with their IPA's, one would expect a more juicy, tasty hop bill, but in Alpine Ale it never comes. Feels light bodied and quite clean in the mouth with refreshing carbonation.

It won't make Alpine famous, but it will quench any thirst for those who want something that's light by San Diego standards.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 04:50:38 | More by DoubleJ
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ehammond1


3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

Transparent golden with a thick and persistent nearly white head, with lots of lacing left down the glass. Gorgeous pale ale.

Muted bready aromas--cracker and crystal malts, and a touch of caramel, though not overly aromatic and certainly the least hoppy Alpine beer I've smelled to date.

Clean, simple flavors: bread, a touch of caramel, some citrus hops, though overall very simple and classic. Better than average.

Highly drinkable. Medium bodied, ample carbonation. Nearly perfect.

A highly drinkable pale ale, though it disappoints, only because of Alpine's otherwise world-class lineup.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 22:24:27 | More by ehammond1
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HalfFull

California

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear golden orange into a pint glass with a half inch of short lived head, yet offering some surface carbonation and lacing throughout.

Very clean on the nose typical of an Extra Pale. Some light bready malts and a decent floral/citrus hop nose. Decent carbonation on the tongue with notes of orange/lemon and a lingering yet light finish of sweet orange oil. Offers a decent light to medium bodied feel, though a bit bubbly as for my preferences. Light and refreshing overall with many subtleties and nothing overpowering, an easy drinking ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 03:52:03 | More by HalfFull
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NickRivers

California

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A&S - Pours a nice clear amber with plenty of sudsy eggshell colored head. Tons of carbonation off the bottom. Nothing really gets through the nose except for some mild hop and honey presence along with some yeast character.

T&M - Hits sweet and light, lots of honey present in this with a little hop kiss, and a refreshing dry/sweet finish. Lots of alcohol character. Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, very well carbonated.

O - Overall a wonderful session beer, however the smell wasn't there. This is my first of Alpine, the next should be Exponential Hoppiness which I would imagine has a better aroma. Definitely check Alpine out as will I! Stay thirsty my friends.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 05:09:40 | More by NickRivers
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a crystal clear gold, nice white head, good lacing

S: nose is very bready and malty, notes of biscuit and a little bit of caramel, a dash of lemony hops come through at the finish, smells like Noble hops.

T: a bit of sweetness followed by cereal grains, a decent amount of hops round things out on the finish, a slight amount of bitterness, nice balance overall

MF: light body, crisp and refreshing, high carbonation

O: this is a nice well rounded APA, nothing special but certainly a good drinker

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 06:10:31 | More by homebrew311
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dogfishandi

New York

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to LaChupacabra for a box full of Alpine beers!

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. no freshness info.

looks like the ideal pale ale. fairly clear golden body, a thick 2 fingers worth of white head. big bubbles mixed in with some creamy foam. great head retention and tons of sticky lace.

cereal like grains and a little butter noticable. also some biscuity breadiness. just enough leafy citric, somewhat herbal hops to balance.

subdued citric leafy hops balanced by a nice cereal graininess. some hop bitterness in the finish, but nothing IPA like.

a light feeling body, carbonation fits well for the style, crisp and somewhat refreshing.

a simple and clean pale ale. definatly different than most pale alpine offerings, but i see where they were going with this, something everyone can enjoy, very sessionable, and wont really wear your palate out.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 00:18:07 | More by dogfishandi
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alpine Ale

Thanks to Rallison for this 1.

A- Light clear orange with a foamy head. Good retention and lacing.
S- Earthy/ grassy hops with a light citrus twang.
T- Yeasty hay/ straw with an earthy hop flavor. Touch of grass, lemon, and honey in the end.
M- Very crisp with a mild dry bitter body and finish.

Overall- A little lighter than I was expecting but enjoyable and easily drinkable. I, casually, downed a 22oz'er in under 10 minutes.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 20:41:55 | More by NJpadreFan
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks!).

Poured a medium golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas and tastes of pine, citrus, and light caramel. Light oranges in the tastes as well. Lightly bitter. Some lacing left on the glass.

Notes from 9/10/05

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 02:04:25 | More by hopdog
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good drinking beer, sessionable and moderately hoppy.
Looks-unfiltered dark yellow, with a lsting one-eighth of an inch of white head, very lacey.
Aroma-a little hoppy, a little funky.
Carbonation is right here. A tad toasty an citrus, but short of the citrus of Great Lakes Burning River, the benchmark for me for ehe style.
Thanks Steven Rich for bringing back from the Brewers' conference.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 01:56:10 | More by Sammy
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BrewMaster

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at Pizza Port in Solana Beach on 10/2/04. The beer was served with a thin head atop the yellow orange fluid. The nose on the beer was all hops but the taste was a bit more balanced. It is rich with hops, no doubt, but the malt comes through and mellows the flavor a bit, which is a good thing. The malt has a bready flavor and texture to it that lightly coats the palate.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2004 06:15:17 | More by BrewMaster
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kirok1999

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light copper with a moderate, wispy light head.
A very mild smell, just a little pine hops and some sweetness from the malts.
Smooth and mellow taste, slight malt sweetness with a nice bitter and dry finish. The malts and hops balance well.
Very smooth with a tight carbonation.
Easy to drink, very mellow and mild, definitely not an extreme beer but very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 23:57:26 | More by kirok1999
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womencantsail

California

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Alpine Ale pours a clear, light golden color with a thin white foam.

S: The aroma is citrus hops and sweet, bready malt. I was expecting a bit more from an Alpine beer, but it's alright.

T: The taste is quite balanced. The beer has nice citrus and pine hop components, and a sweet malt character that takes over dominates most of the sip. The finish is crisp and bitter.

M: The body is medium and there is a moderate level of carbonation. Definitely fitting for the beer.

D: This is pretty much what I expect from a pale ale. A nice malt component and some hops to balance things out without being overly bitter. A solid beer, but it's a bit pricey for an APA bomber.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 07:16:30 | More by womencantsail
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks merc for sharing

The beer pours a slightly orange amber with a thin halo of white, streaky head. The nose is a bit toasty/caramely malts and subtle hint of hops. The taste is more like an amber with a clean drinking malt forward base followed by a sweet, lingering grapefruity hop bitterness. Well carbonated & attenuated, bitter semi-dry finish, light-medium bodied, drinkable. This is a good beer, almost sessionable, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 20:04:32 | More by ThePorterSorter
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mithrascruor

California

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Port, Solana Beach.

Pours a nice amber-copper color with rather visible carbonation. Very little detectable in the aroma. Light-bodied and tingly from the carbonation. Nicely balanced with hops and malts in the flavor. Will have again; found it quite refreshing and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2008 07:08:53 | More by mithrascruor
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nickd717

California

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from K&L Redwood City.

Nice appearance, golden with a medium white head.

The aroma is noticeably non-hoppy for Alpine. Pale malt and grains with just a slight herbal and citrusy hop note.

The flavor is pretty solid. Herbal hops and sweet pale malt, not too hoppy really, although the bitterness is there.

Dry and crisp on the mouthfeel with medium body and carbonation.

A good but not great pale ale. Drinkable at least.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 15:49:57 | More by nickd717
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cosmicevan

New York

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ehammond1 for hooking up the alpine big time! enjoyed from my capt lawrence tulip.

a - poured a transparent orange with some visible carbonation and a generous few fingers of frothy almost ipa cream colored head that dissolved leaving chunks of lacing on the glass.

s - malt forward with a sprinkle of some hoppiness in the background. some fruitiness but mostly malts.

t - very bready. again malt forward. some hopping on the finish with a slight bitter tail up. rather tasty. earthy. solid pale ale.

m - smooth and easy drinker. leaves a bit of tingle. good carbonation.

o - overall, a definite pale ale. i like a bit more hop kick to a pale, this is a good beer but not something i'd seek out regularly. fortunately alpine makes some unreal ipas that are really worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:56:02 | More by cosmicevan
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rallison

California

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden amber with a 1 finger white head that recedes to lacing.

S: Lemony hops seem to be the main component here.

T: Lemony hops on top of a light, relatively clean malt body. Touch of sweetness is back there. Slightly sharp in flavor, with a touch of grassiness. Finishes with a slight bitterness. To me, the flavor is decent, but doesn't quite come together like I'd like.

M: A touch light to my taste, with good carbonation.

D: Very good.

Overall a pretty good, sessionable APA.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 07:54:08 | More by rallison
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glid02

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Blue Palms in Hollywood, CA.

Pours a clear bronze color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of pale malts with a slight bready quality and light citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Bready pale malt flavors up front are joined midway through the sip by light grapefruit flavors. The ending has a solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this is a good APA but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2009 01:19:03 | More by glid02
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into my British imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a medium golden color with some slight haze. A bright white head that leaves dotted lacing.

S: Floral and herbal smells with some light tropical fruit. Some bready sweetness.

T: Floral hops with some citrus flavors of pineapple and lemon. Bready and caramel sweetness pairs up with the herbal hops. Finish is clean with very little bitterness and a bit of aspirin on the finish.

M: medium to light as this is a nice drinker. Not real heavy and no trace of alcohol.

O: this is a real nice pale ale that is not overly complex but just real solid.

Glad I had a chance to try this. I love Alpine beers. This one was not spectacular, but just real solid. Good beer from an excellent brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 23:05:27 | More by Kadonny
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a small, tight white head that leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells of bready malts with a some citrus hops.

Tastes of a dose of pale malts with piny and citrus hops. Pale malts are biscuity and bready with a grainy sweetness. Hops are plentiful and add the right amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium in body with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 01:41:02 | More by ocelot2500
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draheim

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a glass.

Pours a clear honey golden color w/ a clean white head.

Aroma is slightly grainy pale malt and subtle floral & citrusy hops.

Taste is honey-sweet pale malt, balanced just right by hop bitterness. A hint of lemon. Clean water too. Medium-bodied, crisp finish.

Overall just a really tasty, drinkable session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 05:39:52 | More by draheim
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear well carbonated amber, one finger head that leaves some lacing.

S-Rather malty, caramel, straw, what, not much in the way of hops.

T-Maltier for an APA than I'd like, but the balance is good, Starts caramel/straw and ends with a milt citrus and grass notes. Orange as well.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O-Maltier than I was expecting from Alpine, but the balance was good. Don't expect a hoppy APA but for one on the malt forward side, it pulled it off.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 15:08:47 | More by rlee1390
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a very nice head that sticks around aas aa cap and leaves some spotty lacing. Smells grainy, and perhaps even a bit soapy, but relatively clean otherwise with light citrusy hops and a bit of light breadiness. Definitely on the maltier side, but quite dry and a bit grainy as far as the taste goes. The hops taste earthier than they smelled and there is a small amount of lingering bitterness that cuts through the biscuity malt a bit. Fairly tasty, and quite dry while maintaining a bit of juiciness. Smooth and dry in the mouth with the slightest hint of graininess coming through. Very tasty and quite a nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 00:54:03 | More by Georgiabeer
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